... were killed by officers?
SourceOn April 18, 2013, 27-year-old Sean Collier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol car on campus. His alleged killer: one of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings three days earlier.
Collier was one of 27 police officers fatally wounded in the line of duty last year, according to the FBI, which released its annual report on the topic Monday. Forty-nine others died in accidents.
The bureau compiles a wealth of statistics on law enforcement deaths: The number decreased by 45 percent compared with the 49 officers killed in 2012. The average age of the officer killed last year was 39. All but two were white. Two were black. Two were female.
Six were killed while making arrests. Five were ambushed. Four were involved in tactical situations. All but one were killed with a firearm. One was struck and killed by a vehicle.
But there is no reliable data on the number of civilians who are killed by police officers each year, The Postís Wes Lowery reported in September.
Obviously, following the Ferguson story the WP has published the statistics of copsí murders. The article states that there is no reliable data on the number of civilians who are killed by police officers each year.
I tried to find this information on my own, but I didnít manage to find reliable or full statistics on the issue. Still, here are some sites with the info:
US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11
Fatal Encounters | A step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement
Anyway, itís undeniable that such information is being hidden from the public, and if you want to get something solid, you need to do a research of your own.
At the same time, I must say, I understand the people in Ferguson in their outrage, for this is definitely not the first case, and no the last one. Just remember the recent story of the 12-year-old. How many are to follow? Can we stop them? Should we follow the example of Ferguson?